Mindfulness in Action

Essential Mindfulness Training for Educators, Youth, Therapists, Employers, and Those in Helping or High-Stress Professions

Awaken Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization committed to serving people, communities and society at large through evidence-based meditation and mindfulness programs. We are the region’s “go-to” mindfulness resource.

We seek to create positive, systemic change in our backyards–and beyond–by teaching lifelong skills that have the power to transform lives. A proven-effective tool for reducing stress and even violence in today’s culture, a regular mindfulness practice can also bring powerful, personal benefits to each of us, and to those we connect with every day.

Research-Based Curricula

Inspired by mounting neuroscientific research that mindfulness training and meditation can reduce stress and increase well-being, we customize our proprietary Mindful Connections™ programming for a range of audiences. We work with educators, social workers, therapists, helping professionals and others in high-stress positions, emphasizing the underserved and those who work with youth. We also offer a program for those in recovery.

Awaken Pittsburgh’s curriculum reflects current protocols and methodologies. We also contribute to the growing body of mindfulness through comprehensive post-programming evaluations and reporting.


A Powerful Ripple Effect

Our turnkey and custom Awaken Pittsburgh programs, seminars, and classes will give you, your clients, your students, or your employees the skills to bring more mindfulness, balance, focus, and joy to life.

Pure and simple, our mission is transformation. When we transfer our skills to even one educator…and that educator transfers them to 30 students…the results are truly life-changing.

Give the Gift of Mindfulness

Whether you’re looking for gifts to teachers, friends, or fellow meditation lovers, mindfulness programs make for a wonderful present to help your loved ones de-stress, overcome anxiety and depression, or continue their practice. Awaken Pittsburgh offers a variety of virtual programs that you can give as mindfulness and meditation gifts.

upcoming offerings


Exploring the Tree of Contemplative Practices series

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 AM – Noon as we engage with the “Relational” branch, through an interactive workshop on Contemplative Storytelling, led by Britt Dorazio.

This is a hybrid event. Please join us in-person at the Squirrel Hill JCC, or on zoom.


Learn more about the Tree of Contemplative Practices Series here.

We hope to see you there!


In-person and on-line Guided Mindfulness Meditation

Awaken Pittsburgh is offering three monthly guided meditations open to anyone! This is a chance to practice in community together.

Each session follows the same format: introductions, a period of guided meditation, and then a chance to support one another, discuss how our meditations are going at home, and ask any questions we have about practice.

Pre-registration, via the links provided, help us to prepare and ensure that we have room for everyone.
Our schedule is as follows :

1st Tuesday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 PM – South Hills JCC


2nd Saturday of each month, 8:30-9:30 AM – Squirrel Hill JCC


3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Squirrel Hill JCC


Our in-person venue requires that you are fully vaccinated to enter. Please arrive early with your vaccination card to register on your way in.

There is no charge for attending, but donations to support our work are appreciated.

We hope to see you there!




Meet our founder, Dr. Stephanie Romero, EdD, and discover the people and the paths that have come together to become Awaken Pittsburgh.



Hear from a sampling of the educators, students and professionals who have participated in our Mindful Connections ™ workshops.



Awaken Pittsburgh is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strongly relies on donations to support our work with participants and communities that may be unable to afford our services.


Some of the organizations we’ve worked with include…

We earned a 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency!
Learn more about our organization’s impact through our Nonprofit Profile on Candid.